Like this place wasn't tough enough to get into before.
In a clear attempt to upstage Restaurant Magazine's annual "World's 50 Best Restaurants," which will be released on April 30, Elite Traveler Magazine did its own world's-best ranking today, and Alinea, which was ranked sixth on Restaurant Magazine's 2011 list and seventh in 2010, was given the top spot in Elite Traveler's compilation.
Elite Traveler's list is bound to raise a few eyebrows. However. picking Alinea #1 is less likely to be controversial, than will the absence of
"That ranking is what we are obviously striving for," said Alinea owner Nick Kokonas, "even though we realize there is no such thing as the best restaurant in the world. Hopefully we can push forward and receive similar recognition from the World's 50 Best awards."